I hope you are all well and like us looking forward to a full return to school. I really believe that this time it will be for good. This is not just my usual optimism. The rate of infection is falling rapidly both nationally and locally while at the same time the number of tests are rising. Hopefully as we move into summer and nearly every adult is vaccinated we can finally move on from this crisis. Yesterday we published guidance regarding the return to school. We have adapted the plan we had formulated from our last re-opening. We are rightly proud of our response to the crisis and the control measures we have previously applied have served us well. This will mean a return to the following:
Staggered start and finishes to the day
Regular handwashing throughout the day
No mixing between class bubbles
Staff wearing masks in all communal areas
Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation. We will be keeping as many doors and windows open as possible.
Your children are used to these measures and responded superbly last time round. They have been the stars of this lockdown and have shown the resilience, adaptability and intelligence that will serve them well in the future. We have a nice period of 3 weeks and three days before the Easter break and we will review these measures continually in order to reflect the changing national and local picture. Once again I would like to thank you for your herculean efforts with home learning. You can stand down now from front line service but please continue to show an avid interest in your child’s learning. We now have a whole community of teachers to call on if necessary!
Also thank you for looking after your child’s Chromebook. The Chromebooks have been an invaluable part of our remote offer and will continue to support the learning process as your child returns to school. We would like them back in school. Please can you bring them back into school on Monday when you return. We have thought about this and the best way to get them back into where they have to be is to give them to your child to carry into their class. If your child comes into school independently and you are worried about them travelling to school with a chromebook please contact the school and we will try to make alternative arrangements. If you have a copy of your child’s class reading book, please could you ensure that you send this in with your child on Monday.If possible can you fully charge the chromebook so it is ready for use.
We also have a few more requests of you;
Please, if possible wear a mask when you are on site
Use the one one way system for pick up and drop off. It is painful for some of you as it adds slightly further to your journeys but I would encourage you to see it as a way of increasing your steps for the day. We will have staff on duty on Monday to help direct you.
Ensure that your child is wearing a school uniform. They are allowed to bring in extra layers and coats but their base layer needs to be the school uniform
Arrive on time to avoid congestion.
If you need to speak to the office please phone. We look forward to the day when we can fully fling open our doors but for now we are going to maintain our safety measures and the office will be effectively closed for 1:1 visits. We will ensure that members of the leadership team are in the playgrounds before and after school to ensure that we maintain good communication. I am always happy to have a call and like a chat. Please ring through or email me if you would like to discuss anything. If I cannot respond immediately I will get back to you as soon as I can.
In other news my family will shortly be in receipt of a Border Collie puppy. Why am I telling you this? Well, in the future I would like the dog to become a school dog. There are many consultations and risk assessments to be completed before this is the case but I wanted to keep you informed.
I had better finish now as I need to dust down the turntables and ensure that the sub woofers are still working on our speakers. I and we very much look forward to seeing you and your children dancing into school on Monday. It has been too long.
Wrap up warm and have a lovely weekend.
Clubs will be returning After Easter Currently we are working on our clubs list for next term. Shortly, you will receive a Google form asking for your opinions on what clubs you would like to see in the future and wether your child/children would attend any of our current clubs on offer?
We look forward to your feedback.
Fit for Sort will continue to provide our wraparound care service for before and after school. If you need to book this service for sessions please follow the link below.
We are pleased to inform you that we will be offering hot meals from the Monday, 8th March. This will be a reduced menu consisting of 2 options. 1 meat option and 1 vegetarian option. Please see the menus below.
School meals cost £2.25 per day.
If you would like your child to have hot meals, please top up your meal account on Arbor in advance. Children are asked daily after registration for their meal choice of the day.
These menus will run until the end of term. There will be a new menu for after Easter once we have these confirmed we will send them out to you.
For more information from our school meals provider ISS please follow the link below.
PE lessons will be starting from Monday, 8th March Please see the document below which outlines which day your child will have their PE lesson. Please ensure on that day that your child attends in their PE kit.
Spring Term Ends
Summer Term Begins
Bank Holiday Monday
We just wanted to remind everyone that here at Darell Primary and Nursery school we feel that wellbeing, including your physical and mental health are extremely important. We want to support the whole family during this time.
It is important that our parents and carers feel supported and well in themselves so the tips and links you will find within this section are to support adults and children.
Welcome to our weekly section of the newsletter all about reading. Every week, we will share a question (or two) with you about the book your child is reading in school. Please use these questions to help you find out a little more about what your child has been reading in school and continue to develop their love of reading.
Weir - Which pair of shoes would you have liked to receive from the caterpillar? Why?
Mozart - "Hey, that's my teddy...." said Tom. How would you feel if someone took your teddy? Think about the zones of regulation, which zone would you be in?
Newton - What started talking when the farmer was digging his yams?
Thunberg - Would you stay in a haunted, creepy hotel? Why?
Darwin - Boudicca was not successful in defeating the Romans. Is she still a hero?
Attenborough - If you were Lily, what would you do with the Anubis jar?
Parks - How does Phillip Pullman make Dr Kalmenius appear to be so evil in his writing?
While the digital world offers a range of information and opportunities for young people, it’s also become harder to separate fact from fiction. As children are spending more time online constantly making decisions of what to trust, it’s now more important than ever for them know how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact their decisions, opinions and what they share online.
It's the last week of remote learning and we are absolutely loving the 'Battle of the Bands' that Year 4 & 5 are locked in using @TTRockStars. There are some great individual scores and fantastic encouragement on Google Classroom! Who will be victorious?! https://t.co/SdTraS5INs
There is an exciting new community group being set up by Caitlin. It is called 'Kew the transition' and is focussing on making environmental improvements in the local area. Darell is getting involved in the first project. We are going to plant wild flower seeds in the playground planters and new garden area. These seeds will encourage bees and butterflies into our playground. This is a great and easy project to get involved with. Caitlin has put her contact details on the information and she is also hosting a Zoom introduction to Kew The Transition on Monday 15 March at 7pm if you would like to find out more, please get in touch with her and make a difference in our local area.